March 4, 2005
Oh wow!!! I first want to thank Jason, and Johnathan for taping, and getting this show up here. This show was IMHO right as Ratdog was really gaining strength. From this show till the Alpine reunion, they were building, and building, until they just blew my mind. Just an awesome thing to watch.
As for this show in particular, I had won tickets off of our local Grateful Dead Hour affiliate, and it turnned out the tix were right around 4th row stage left, nice. I wasnt taping, so i was just going to have a good time w/ my wife, and her friend. I didnt care much for the Rusted Root set, I had seen them a bunch of times in '98 when they opened for TOO, not impressed, but...The Karl Densons Tiny Universe w/ D.J. Logic was outstanding. This set was what really got me into KDTU. Awesome live proformance. The Keller Williams set was alot of fun also. I was very impressed w/ him.
Now before I blaze into the Ratdog set, I want to say something about what DJ Logic add's. At first I absolutley hated the DJ in Ratdog's sets. I was horrified the first time i heard it, and I thought it was ruining songs i grew up with. As I have learned so many times, the things I dislike at first I end up loving in the end. Why oh why, I cant explain. Anyways, I finally got over thinking that the GDead cant be covered in new styles, and influences, isnt that what it was all about? The experimentation, the exploration, and just going to places others dont tread upon. That said...
The set opened w/ a small jam that is labeled as having "Darkstar" teases in this txt. file, but there are "Darkstar" teases in "Ashes and Glass" (middle ambient segment. They quickly (2 min) go into one of my favorite Bob peices Sailor>Circumstance. Amazing, not a bit of dissapointment here. The Tenn Jed was really fun, and the Saint jam that segued out of it was an extra treat. I have allways loved the old Bobby western tunes, so El Paso is allways on my list. The El Paso segued very nicely into a steller Looks Like Rain w/o a cloud in the sky:) I must say that the transition between El paso, and LLRain was amazing, moving through all the motions in a seemless order, smokin.
I have heard the newer tune "Bury me Standing" a few times prior to this show, it doesnt stand out like a few other new Ratdog tunes do, but they played it nice, and sent it packing into a bluesy "School Girl". This is a tune that I have never heard live by the GDead, and only once by Ratdog (Deercreek '97), so I enjoyed it, It also gave the crowd a nice mid set break, a chance to catch your breath. Keeping to the same mood, they gave us a well played Greatest Story, The start of this tune was a bit off, but played well nonetheless. Ashes, and Glass, I LOVE this tune, and was really happy to hear it. Very strong, they were really into this one. Next came the Drums/Bass/Jam/DJ part of the set, which was very awesome, and had the crowd really moving. DJ Logic added a perfect mix, and moved the Ratdog sound into a very unique direction. I commend Ratdog on taking the chance to let DJ Logic come into the family, and add a new sound. He toured w/ them unregularly from 2000-end of 2002. Sometimes like this show, he came out only for the drums/bass/jam segment, and other times he would join in for the whole show, or a whole set. Ok, enough said, and moving on the boys came out of orbit with a fast paced, ass kickin Sugar Magnolia. I thought this would end the set, but it flowed right into Cassidy. One of my favorite Bob tunes, nice touch. To end the set, a Sunshine Daydream to round out a great set of music. We all stood around clapping, and yelling, but nadda. No encore as there was a curfew, and they were too close to the 11 o'clock stop playing mark. That was the only low point of the evening for me.
All in all, a wonderful evening of music, w/ the KDTU, DJ Logic, Keller Williams and then of course Ratdog. This was only one of three Ratdog shows I saw in 2000,
and I dont know if it was the killer 4th row tickets, but looking back, this show was the best in my mind.
Thanks all, have a Grateful day.